[1] Book Review by:View Post Sharon Powers.      I grew up in the Sacramento Valley in California. I love driving down the roads smelling the different seasons as they come and go, the rice paddies, the sweet smell of harvest time as the alfalfa is cut, the corn and sunflowers harvested, and the tomatoes shipped off to the cannery. I love the wet earthy smell after a rain and crazy as it seems, I even love the dry, hot valley summer sun. And t...

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[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      As a young woman, my favorite novel was, Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell; I read this book more than thirty times because of my love for the story and, of course, for my love of horses. I was what people called, “horse crazy.” My bedroom had books about horses, Breyer horse statues, horse magazines, horse stickers, and, of course, I watched horse movies whenever I could (Internati...

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This edition of Prey is the downloadable edition from Audible. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      We were on the road headed to my daughter’s house for my grandson’s fun- eral. The radio was- n’t working because all around us were hills. Everyone in the car complained that they were bored… apparently no one had thought to bring along a book to read or a CD that we all could have enjoyed.&nb...

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[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Last year on March 21, 2014, the movie, Divergent, came to the big screen; this year, in just a few short weeks, on March 20, 2015, Veronica Roth’s second book in the Divergent series, Insurgent, becomes a book-to-movie, and will open in theaters.      For fans of the Divergent series, as the date for the opening draws near, the long-awaited movie promises to sati...

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[1]  Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Like many little girls, I loved to read about dragons in stories. As an adult my fascination, admittedly, has dimmed a bit–it happens to all of us as we grow into adulthood and responsibility. However, I found my excitement with dragons rekindled when I read a story about a blue egg delivered to a young boy; the boy bonded with the dragon, Saphira, and he became a dragon rider....

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. [1]      We could say, “Once Upon a Time.” But, however we say it, Star Wars has become a legendary story, a myth, that has become part of cultures around the world. The Star Wars stories are far from over. As you can see, we have a brand new story to add to the expanding mythos surrounding the Skywalker Clan and the Jedi Knights. The author of this new novel is none...

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[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      It is here, at last. Saint Odd. The Climax of the entire Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. The long-awaited novel everyone has longed for; on one hand we get to read about Odd, again, but on the other hand, we fear both Oddie’s death, and that the final book won’t tie up all the threads that were woven throughout the series, and that we will hate the ending (for not l...

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The first book of The Mortdecai Trilogy, is Don’t  Point That Thing at Me. Book 2, is After You With The Pistol, and Book 3, Something Nasty in the  Woodshed. The trilogy, The Mortdecai Trilogy, may also be purchased in the paperback format, apt- ly enough, under the title, The Mortdecai Trilogy.[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.    Don’t Point That Thing At Me, by Kyril Bonfiglioli had movie rights purchas...

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This is the movie edition cover of Ron Rash’s novel, The World Made Straight.  [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      It was reported that on, “Jan. 18, 1863, troops from the 64th North Carolina Infantry under the command of Lt. Col. James Keith lined up 13 men and boys, ranging in age from 13 to 60, made them kneel and shot them at point-blank range.” One of the captured was a 13-year-old boy b...

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[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      I came home from grade school so excited because our teacher had read to us today about a woman who had lived during the time of the Civil War. Her name was Elizabeth Blackwell, and she was the very first woman to become a doctor in the United States. What had so enthralled me as a grade school girl was just how much determination she had.       My teacher told us that ...

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Wool The Graphic Novel Omnibus by Hugh Howey
Uncategorized / January 1, 2015

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.     Hugh Howey’s journey began quietly enough when he decided to self-publish his thriller/post apocalyptic serial novel on Amazon in 2011. Originally, Howey published Wool as a serial publication consisting of five parts. Howey was unprepared for the huge success he would meet as his novel became one of Amazon’s leading sellers and made over a million dollars. [Nerdi...

Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne–This New Novel Will Be Released January 24, 2015!
Uncategorized / December 23, 2014

Pages: 224. Publisher: Dundurn (February 17, 2014); Language: English; ISBN-10: 1459728181; ISBN-13: 978-1459728189. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Can a horse really jump the distance of a city block? No, you say. What about an man who doesn’t age and sees generations come and go? The Fountain of Youth, you say! Hmm. Well, what about a secret city existing that isn’t on any map and you can’t...

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and See The Trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies!
Uncategorized / December 11, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell [1949], p. 23.      Joseph Campbell described the ...

Mockingjay: The Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3, by Suzanne Collins
Uncategorized / December 1, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers. “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard – And sore must be the storm – That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm – I’ve heard it in the chillest land – And on the strangest Sea ...

Catching Fire: The Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2 by Suzanne Collins and Catching Fire: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan
Uncategorized / November 23, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      “He suddenly lost concern for himself, and forgot to look at a menacing fate. He became not a man but a member. He felt that something of which he was a part–a regiment, an army, a cause, or a country–was in a crisis. He was welded into a common personality which was dominated by a single desire. For some moments he could not flee, no more than a little finger c...

The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1, by Suzanne Collins AND The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan
Uncategorized / November 13, 2014

Suzanne Collins book, The Hunger Games, Book 1 in The Hunger Games Trilogy, originally was released in 2008. The movie followed in March of 2012. The book, still popular with readers, can be purchased at most book purveyors. [1] Book Review By: Sharon Powers.    The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins, burst onto the scene in 2008, some six years ago. Little did the public realize that this erstwhile dystopian novel wo...

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand–This Book-to-Movie Comes to U.S. Theaters Christmas Day, 12-25-14!
Uncategorized / November 6, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers. _______________________ This post is dedicated to LOUIS ZAMPERINI who passed away July 2, 2014, just four short months ago.  _______________________      Adolph Hitler looked on as the last lap of the 5,000 meter Olympic race was being run. He saw a young American run the last lap of the race in a scorching 56 seconds. Later, Adolph Hitler requested to meet that young man. Astoni...

The Genome: A Novel by Sergei Lukyanenko–An Exciting New Sci-Fi Book To Be Released For Sale at Bookstands 12-02-14!
Uncategorized / October 21, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      “‘It is simplicity itself,’ said [Sherlock Holmes]; ‘my eyes tell me that on the inside of your left shoe, just where the firelight strikes it, the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts. Obviously they have been caused by someone who has very carelessly scraped round the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. Hence, you see, my d...

GRAPHIC NOVELS: An Exciting New Graphic Novel by Jim Butcher, THE DRESDEN FILES: WAR CRY, Available at Bookstands on Veterans’ Day, 11-11-14!
Uncategorized / October 16, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      You’re in trouble and need a private eye. Looking in the newspaper want ad section you spot an advertisement for a private eye–oddly enough, it is not in the private eye section of the paper. Instead, this private eye is listed under “Wizards.” Should you call this, Harry Dresden?     You consider for a moment whether or not you should call; you ...

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson–The Book-to-Movie Comes to U.S. Theaters 10-31-14!
Uncategorized / October 11, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      We’ve all seen the movies where the handsome young playboy spends his time looking for a beautiful young woman to take home for the night. One such light-hearted comedy is one set in the lush, tropical paradise of Hawaii. Adam Sandler meets a beautiful young woman, Drew Barrymore, and spends an enchanted day with her. They spend the night together, and when the next da...